Due to the increase in withdrawals over the past few years, the AJGA has instituted the following withdrawal policy for juniors who withdraw from a qualifier after play has begun.
Once play begins, all juniors wishing to withdraw must report in person to the Tournament Director before leaving the golf course (or city in which the event is taking place) and before the competition has closed. The Tournament Director may ask the junior to talk to the Medical Attendant. The Tournament Director may also ask the junior’s fellow-competitors questions about the illness or injury. Based on the information gathered, the AJGA Tournament Director will categorize the junior’s withdrawal in one of three categories listed below and the corresponding action will take place:
The junior is obviously ill, injured, or a family tragedy has occurred.
The Tournament Director and the junior will sign the Withdrawal Form and ‘JWD’ will be listed next to the junior’s name in the tournament results. The Tournament Director will report the withdrawal to the AJGA Review Board and no further action will be taken.
The Tournament Director and Medical Attendant are unable to determine if the junior is withdrawing for a legitimate reason such as illness or injury. In the case of an extreme weather delay, which may cause a junior to miss a flight and/or incur substantial costs, withdrawing from a tournamentfor this reason would result in a questionable withdrawal.
If the Tournament Director is unable to determine if a junior has legitimate reason for withdrawing from a tournament he/she will rule the withdrawal questionable. The Tournament Director and the junior will sign the Withdrawal Form and ‘QWD’ will be listed next to the junior’s name in the tournament results. The Tournament Director will report the withdrawal to the AJGA Review Board and a questionable withdrawal will be recorded in the junior’s history.
Once a junior receives two questionable withdrawals the following will occur:
No Cards/No Shows
The junior is disqualified under the USGA Rules of Golf. This includes, but is not limited to, juniors leaving the golf course or city in which the event is conducted or failing to show up for any subsequent rounds of an event without talking to the Tournament Director in person.
Disqualification penalties that occur due to intent or a deliberate decision by the player will be listed as DQ Rule 6-3a (NC or NS) and printed next to the junior’s name in the tournament results. The Tournament Director will report the disqualification to the AJGA Review Board. The junior’s membership will be suspended and the junior will not be eligible for year-end honors. If a junior has previously been accepted into a future AJGA tournament(s), they will be withdrawn immediately. If the Tournament Committee feels that the disqualification penalty was one in which there was no intention or managed purpose by the player, it will be listed as DQ Rule 6-3a.